Nesta’s Geoff Mulgan suggests two directions for statistics that could help increase productive public engagement with data. He argues that to bring humanity back into policy and politics, more emphasis should be placed on subjective measures. He also highlights disaggregated data can allow for a better understanding of interesting patterns and detail.
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Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta. Under his leadership Nesta has launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with foundations, governments and companies in the UK and internationally.
How could this improve services for young people?
Data which is detailed and subjective has an emotional impact which can help humanise research, supporting researchers to tell more compelling stories about their findings to wider audiences.
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